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Irish weather: Temperatures set to hit a sizzling 20C on Saturday but will plunge on Sunday as rain returns

Irish Mirror logoIrish Mirror 17/05/2018 Edel Hughes
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After another cool start to the day, Thursday will be a bright sunny day in most areas.

Munster may see a little drizzle in the morning and a few light showers may occur in mid-western areas this afternoon.

Top temperatures today will reach 14C to 18C but it will feel a little cooler on south and east coasts due to a southeasterly breeze.

Rolling Stones fans will be delighted to hear that top temperatures in Dublin will reach 16C on Thursday as thousands are set to descend on Croke Park for the iconic rockers' gig.

Although it will remain warm, it will be cloudier, with the north and the east getting the best of the sunshine.

The sunshine on Portmarnock Beach, Dublin © Collins The sunshine on Portmarnock Beach, Dublin

And while Saturday is set to be the warmest day of the week, the weather is set to take a dramatic turn for the worse on Sunday.

Friday will start off dull and cloudy with patchy outbreaks of rain and drizzle, mainly affecting western and northwestern counties through the morning.

A forecaster said: "Highest temperatures will range 13C to 17C or 18C, depending on sunshine with top values likely inland over southern counties."

Meanwhile, Saturday will be the warmest day of the week, with top temperatures reaching 20C.

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"Dry on Saturday with mild sunny periods. Perhaps a little cloudier at times closer to Atlantic coastal counties", the forecast reads.

"Becoming breezy during the afternoon in freshening southerly winds, increasing strong and gusty along the west coast.

"Highest temperatures will range 15C to 20C degrees Celsius, with top values expected over the northern half of the country.

Met Eireann say the rain will return to lash us on Sunday after a week of dry mild weather.

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The national forecaster said: "Quite the contrast to Saturday with a frontal rain band extending eastwards to affect most parts of the country.

"Much cooler too with maximum temperatures falling back to the low teens.

"Winds will be mainly light to moderate southerly, but light to moderate northerly in western and northwestern areas.

The outlook for Monday is still uncertain but the national forecaster says the rain band is likely to move westwards, bringing "heavy bursts" of rain to western and central areas.

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